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Summer Camps for Children with Disabilities

The number of camps available to kids with disabilities is growing. There are options across the country and across the globe, many of which are organized under larger non-profits. While they all offer typical activities such as swimming and arts & crafts, many also offer therapy sessions such as speech therapy, occupational therapy, music therapy, and equine therapy. Check out our list to find a summer camp near you.

Camps with multiple locations

U.S. & International | SeriousFun Children’s Network

Credit: SeriousFun Camp

The SeriousFun Children’s Network was founded in 1988 by Hollywood A-lister and philanthropist Paul Newman. The goal has always been to provide a free summer camp where kids could “escape the fear and isolation of their medical conditions” while having fun.

What started as a single camp, The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp in Ashford, Connecticut, has evolved into an organization that oversees more than 30 summer camps globally. Use the organization’s Find a Camp tool to explore the different locations.

  • Eligibility: Children with physical and neurological disabilities. Some camps require children to function at a developmental age of 5 or 6 years old or older. Some sessions are defined by condition.
  • Scholarships: Yes, all campers
  • Timeline: Typically five days during the summer
  • Medical staff: Full-time medical professionals are on-site and vary by camp, including pediatricians, medical directors, registered nurses, and speech and occupational therapists
  • Sample activities: Horseback riding, swimming, fishing, canoeing, obstacle courses, archery, music, singing, arts and crafts, face painting
  • Sleepaway or day camp: Most are sleepaway
  • Age: Typically ages 5 or 6 through 17 or 21
  • Caregiver attendance: Caregivers welcome
  • U.S. locations: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, and Washington
  • International locations: Botswana, Cambodia, Eswatini, Ethiopia, France, Hungary, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Malawi, South Africa, Uganda, United Kingdom, and Vietnam

U.S. | Easterseals Summer Camps

Easterseals is a national nonprofit that provides disability services to families, veterans, seniors, and caregivers. Each state has one or more local chapters, many of which host Easterseals camps. The camps aim to provide safe and accessible spaces where children feel valued, accepted, and respected.

U.S. | Jill’s House

Jill’s House is a Christian nonprofit based in Washington, DC, that serves families raising kids with neurological disabilities. The organization provides short-term overnight respite care (24 to 48 hours) and day camps during school breaks and over the summer. Jill’s House also provides weekend adventures.

  • Eligibility: Children with physical and neurological disabilities
  • Scholarships: Jill’s House accepts CL/FIS Virginia Medicaid waivers and CCC+ waivers. For families who do not have Medicaid waivers, the cost is determined by household income.
  • Timeline: Day camps run Monday through Friday. Weekend adventures run Friday evening through Sunday afternoon.
  • Medical staff: Licensed nurses and daytime and overnight direct-care staff
  • Sample activities: Pet therapy, arts and crafts, sensory rooms, music therapy, gym, bounce house
  • Sleepaway or day camp: Both
  • Caregiver attendance: No
  • Ages: From 6 to 22 years old, depending on the program
  • Locations: Washington, DC, Illinois, New Jersey, Tennessee, Virginia, and Washington

Camps by U.S. state

California | Camp Wamp

Young girl with disabilities being hosted up a rock climbing wall
Credit: Camp Wamp

Camp Wamp is a summer camp for children with physical disabilities hosted by The Stephen J. Wampler Foundation. Camp founder, wheelchair user, and cerebral palsy advocate Stephen Wampler attended a similar camp as a child and wanted to share the life-changing experience with others. Camp Wamp uses the power of nature and outdoor activities to encourage and inspire attendees.

  • Eligibility: Children with physical and neurological disabilities
  • Scholarships: Yes, based on eligibility
  • Timeline: Seven days and six nights
  • Medical staff: Registered nurses and other medical staff
  • Sample activities: Swimming, rock climbing, canoeing, campfires, singing, arts and crafts
  • Sleepaway or day camp: Sleepaway
  • Caregiver attendance: No
  • Ages: Camp sessions are for ages 8 to 12 and ages 13 to 18
  • Location: Soda Springs, California

Colorado | Camp Peak Energy

Young girl with disabilities at camp
Credit: The Painted Turtle, a SeriousFun Camp

Camp Peak Energy is hosted by The Arc of Southwest Colorado, a member of The Arc of the United States. The Arc is a national nonprofit that serves people with neurological and physical disabilities through research, education, and justice and employment services. Camp Peal Energy is unique in that it hosts both children with disabilities as well as their siblings.

  • Eligibility: Children with physical and neurological disabilities
  • Scholarships: Limited scholarships are available
  • Program Timeline: Five days in June
  • Medical staff: Unknown; Each child is assigned a camp “coach” who helps them with activities throughout the week
  • Sample activities: Scavenger hunts, swimming, floor hockey, basketball, arts and crafts, water activities
  • Sleepaway or day camp: Day camp
  • Caregivers attendance: No
  • Ages: 5 to 21 years old for campers and 5 to 17 years old for siblings
  • Location: Durango, Colorado

Georgia | Camp To Be Independent

Camp To Be Independent is an annual week-long summer camp hosted by the Walton Foundation serving children and young adults with disabilities resulting from traumatic brain injuries (TBI).

  • Eligibility: Children with traumatic brain injury-related disabilities such as injuries at birth, stroke, brain tumors, trauma, and other traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). Kids of all ability levels, including wheelchair users, are welcome.
  • Scholarships: Unknown
  • Timeline: One week in July
  • Medical staff: Medical team and a 1:1 or 1:2 counselor-to-child ratio
  • Sample activities: Photography, arts and crafts, dancing, acting, cycling, rock climbing, swimming, zip-lining
  • Sleepaway or day camp: Sleepaway
  • Caregivers attendance: No
  • Ages: 10 to 21 years old
  • Location: Rutledge, Georgia

Georgia | Camp No Limb-Itations

Camp No Limb-Itations is a summer camp for kids with amputations or limb differences. It is hosted by Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA).

  • Eligibility: Children with amputations or limb differences
  • Scholarships: Yes, for all campers
  • Timeline: One week
  • Medical staff: Medical professionals on-site
  • Sample activities: Boating, archery, horseback riding, swimming, ropes course, arts and crafts, fishing, dancing, improv
  • Sleepaway or day camp: Sleepaway
  • Caregivers attendance: No
  • Ages: 7 to 18 years old
  • Location: Winder, Georgia

Illinois | Camp New Hope

Camp New Hope is located on the shores of Lake Mattoon in central Illinois. It hosts themed summer camps for kids with disabilities. Illinois residents get an enrollment discount, but campers from all over the country are welcome.

  • Eligibility: Children with physical and neurological disabilities
  • Scholarships: No
  • Timeline: Sleepaway camps are six days and five nights, and day camps are five days, in June and July
  • Medical staff: Unknown
  • Sample activities: Mini golf, fishing, pontoon boats, hiking, marshmallow roasts
  • Sleepaway or day camp: Both
  • Caregiver attendance: No
  • Ages: 8+
  • Location: Mattoon, Illinois

Kentucky | The Center for Courageous Kids

The Center for Courageous Kids provides free camps to children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. Nine week-long camps are offered, each dedicated to a different condition. Family retreat weekends accommodate the entire family and provide parents with opportunities to network.

  • Eligibility: Must be diagnosed with one of the conditions the organization serves. Some sessions are defined by condition.
  • Scholarships: Yes, all campers and their families
  • Timeline: Either one week or one weekend
  • Medical staff: On-site medical staff, such as doctors, nurses, and therapists
  • Sample activities: Horseback riding, boating and fishing, woodworking, arts and crafts, archery, bowling
  • Sleepaway or day camp: Sleepaway
  • Caregiver attendance: No, but separate “family retreat weekends” provide accommodations for the entire family
  • Ages: 7 to 16 years old and their families
  • Location: Scottsville, Kentucky

Maryland | The League

The League provides week-long camps and weekend respites for kids and young adults with disabilities at Camp Greentop, one of the oldest residential camps in the United States.

  • Eligibility: Children with physical and neurological disabilities
  • Scholarships: Limited scholarships are available
  • Timeline: Multiple sessions in June, July and August
  • Medical staff: Medical staff on-site
  • Sample activities: Swimming, arts and crafts, sports, games
  • Sleepaway or day camp: Sleepaway
  • Caregiver attendance: No
  • Ages: 7 to 21 years old, depending on session
  • Location: Sabillasville, Maryland

Missouri | Camp Rainbow

Camp Rainbow has been a summer camp for more than 60 years. It provides a safe and accepting environment where children with neurological and physical disabilities can socialize, have fun, and make friends.

  • Eligibility: Children with physical and neurological disabilities
  • Scholarships: No
  • Timeline: Two nights and three days
  • Medical staff: Unknown
  • Sample activities: Kickball, water games, swimming, arts and crafts, dances, nightly entertainment
  • Sleepaway or day camp: Sleepaway
  • Caregiver attendance: No
  • Ages: 8 to 18 years old
  • Location: Trenton, Missouri

New York | Southhampton Fresh Air Home

Southhampton Fresh Air Home, entering its 123rd year, offers year-round recreational and educational programs for children and young adults with disabilities. SFAH encourages campers to socialize, play, and compete in games and sports designed for them. It aims to foster leadership, independence, and competition.

  • Eligibility: Children with physical and neurological disabilities
  • Scholarships: 80% of campers receive financial aid
  • Timeline: One or three weeks
  • Medical staff: A full-time registered nurse is onsite at all times
  • Sample activities: Arts and crafts, swimming, archery, ropes course, fishing, cycling, golfing
  • Sleepaway or day camp: Both. Most campers stay overnight, but there’s a day camp option.
  • Caregiver attendance: No
  • Ages: 8 to 18 years old
  • Location: Southampton, New York

Ohio | Camp LeafBridge

Camp LeafBridge is hosted by United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Cleveland, a nonprofit organization that empowers adults and children with disabilities to advance their independence, productivity, and inclusion in the community. Activities are designed to enhance physical, mental, and social development.

  • Eligibility: Children with physical and neurological disabilities. Some camps define sessions by disorder.
  • Scholarships: Yes—No camper is turned away due to lack of funds.
  • Timeline: Some are three to six days
  • Medical staff: Each partner camp brings a medical support staff with specialized expertise
  • Sample activities: Swimming, archery, campfires, arts and crafts, biking, fishing, dancing, zip-lining, rock climbing
  • Sleepaway or day camp: Sleepaway
  • Caregiver attendance: No
  • Ages: Most accept kids 6 to 17 years old
  • Location: Millville, Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania | Camp Achieve

Camp Achieve was created over 20 years ago by the Epilepsy Foundation of Eastern Pennsylvania, in partnership with Camp Green Lane. It aims to provide a safe space for children who share similar experiences to come together to bond, play sports, and create lasting friendships.

  • Eligibility: Children with epilepsy
  • Scholarships: Available upon request
  • Timeline: One week in August
  • Medical staff: Medical staff on-site
  • Sample activities: Swimming, canoeing, arts and crafts, tennis, kickball, yoga, rock-climbing
  • Sleepaway or day camp: Sleepaway
  • Caregiver attendance: No
  • Ages: 8-17
  • Location: Green Lane, Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania | Camp Victory

Camp Victory is a beautiful 130-acre property that partners with more than 20 camps to host summer camps. It was founded by Dennis and Lois Wolff, whose son Nicholas was born with liver disease. After experiencing their own struggles, they were inspired to create a place where kids with chronic health problems could socialize with their peers.

  • Eligibility: Children with physical and neurological disabilities
  • Scholarships: Yes. No camper is turned away due to lack of funds.
  • Timeline: Three days to six days
  • Medical staff: Each partner camp brings a medical support staff with specialized expertise.
  • Sample activities: Swimming, archery, campfires, arts and crafts, biking, fishing, dancing, zip-lining, rock climbing
  • Sleepaway or day camp: Sleepaway
  • Caregiver attendance: No
  • Ages: Most accept kids 6 to 17 years old
  • Location: Millville, Pennsylvania

Texas | Beloved and Beyond

Beloved and Beyond is a Christian nonprofit that serves those with disabilities through camps, socialization, and on-the-job training. Beloved and Beyond hosts nine camp sessions each summer. Siblings can attend camp during sibling week.

  • Eligibility: Children with physical and neurological disabilities
  • Scholarships: Limited scholarships are available
  • Timeline: Each camp session runs Tuesday to Saturday
  • Medical staff: Staffed clinic team and 2+ medical professionals on-site, and, each camper is assigned a one-on-one “buddy counselor” who assists with feeding, medication, and camp activities
  • Sample activities: Fishing, swimming, zip-lining, arts and crafts, singing, bible study
  • Sleepaway or day camp: Sleepaway
  • Caregiver attendance: No
  • Ages: Typically 7 to 25 years old. Some sessions host campers up to age 35.
  • Location: Rosebud, Texas

Texas | Morgan’s Camp

Morgan’s Camp was founded by parents Gordan and Maggie Hartman, after watching their daughter, Morgan, try to play with other kids at a swimming pool unsuccessfully. This experience inspired the Hartmans to create a place where those with and without disabilities could come together to have fun and better understand each other.

  • Eligibility: Children with physical and neurological disabilities and their families
  • Scholarships: Campers pay a small fee to cover meals. Other family members are charged a fee
  • Timeline: Tuesday through Friday
  • Medical staff: Medical professionals on-site, such as doctors and nurses
  • Sample activities: Archery, challenge courses, zip-lining, swinging, horseback riding, swimming, arts and crafts, cycling, petting zoo, amphitheater
  • Sleepaway or day camp: Sleepaway
  • Caregiver attendance: Yes. Parents and siblings stay onsite with the campers.
  • Ages: All ages
  • Location: San Antonio, Texas

Virginia | Camp Holiday Trails

Camp Holiday Trails is a year-round camp located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The camp was founded in 1973 by three pediatricians from the University of Virginia who dreamed of offering kids with disabilities safe outdoor experiences with round-the-clock medical supervision.

  • Eligibility: Kids with qualifying diagnoses and their siblings
  • Scholarships: No, but payment plans are available
  • Timeline: One week
  • Medical staff: Medical professionals on-site
  • Sample activities: Archery, arts and crafts, horseback riding, swimming, canoeing, singing
  • Sleepaway or day camp: Sleepaway
  • Caregiver attendance: No
  • Ages: All ages
  • Location: Charlottesville, Virginia

Washington | Metro Parks Tacoma

Metro Parks Tacoma offers adaptive and sensory-friendly week-long sessions throughout July and August, catered to children with developmental, sensory, or physical difficulties. Each weekly session is themed, such as Wonderful Water, Space Camp, Paralympian, and Dino Discovery. Camps are created to involve all children, regardless of ability.

  • Eligibility: Children with physical and neurological disabilities
  • Scholarships: No
  • Timeline: Weekly sessions in July and August
  • Medical staff: Unknown
  • Sample activities: Biking, hiking, sensory play, science
  • Sleepaway or day camp: Day camp
  • Caregiver attendance: “Field trip Fridays” encourage one caregiver or one sibling to join
  • Ages: 6-17
  • Location: Tacoma, Washington

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